We’re Ready for a Full-Time City Attorney

November 1, 2014 23:17 by Ryan
Anacortes is the only city in Skagit County without a full-time employee city attorney. Each of our neighboring cities (including Bellingham, Burlington, Mount Vernon, Oak Harbor, and Sedro-Woolley) has a full-time employee serving as their city attorney. Bellingham and Oak Harbor have multiple employees in that role, and Sedro-Woolley has a combin... [More]

Ward 1 Meeting

June 25, 2014 20:13 by Ryan
We had a great meeting last night at the library—one of the ones I host about every quarter. Among other topics, we discussed: New garbage totes. Some people are dissatisfied with the different shape (and apparent smaller size) of the new automated garbage totes. The totes are printed with the City logo, and are not returnable to the seller. ... [More]

Sign Up NOW for the City Talent Bank

April 8, 2014 22:53 by Ryan
Our community is blessed with a wealth of talent and experience. In these times of declining revenues and big challenges, our city needs your help more than ever! That’s why we’ve created a Talent Bank—a roster of volunteers the City can call upon to leverage their skills and expertise for our community’s benefit. The Mayor also uses the Talent Ban... [More]

Speak Up, Speak Out

February 17, 2014 13:17 by Ryan
I was interviewed a couple of weeks ago on KSVR's Speak Up, Speak Out about work I'm doing at both the County and City of Anacortes. It’s 28 minutes, and more about procedure than policy. Download the mp3 at Speak Up, Speak Out

The City Council Doesn’t Read the Contracts It Approves

July 15, 2013 23:59 by Ryan
But it really should. Tonight’s agenda requested approval for three contracts that were not included in the packet, including one for divers to remove milfoil from Heart Lake. When I asked that it be reviewed by the City Attorney before approval, Mayor Maxwell protested that he was responsible for the attorney review and that we didn't need t... [More]

Swim Safely

June 29, 2013 12:48 by Ryan
Photo by Alex Mahan — CC By-NC-SA 2.0. Many Anacortes residents—along with friends and tourists from all over—will enjoy a respite from the rising temperatures this week in the lakes in our community forestlands and elsewhere on Fidalgo Island. But on Tuesday, a 28-year-old man drowned at Whistle Lake. As this recent Slate article... [More]

Got an idea to promote tourism?

June 23, 2013 15:32 by Ryan
Each year, City solicits proposals from local non-profit organizations for “activities designed to advertise, publicize, or distribute information or other activities specifically authorized for the purpose of attracting visitors to our community.” Completed applications are due by September 2, 2013. If you have questions contact Carol ... [More]

Sign up for Green Power!

May 5, 2013 15:05 by Ryan
What is Green Power? For as little as $4 per month, you can get your electricity sourced from renewable energy sources like wind, biogas, and sun—including some right here in Skagit County. Learn more and sign up online at PSE’s Green Power website. The Challenge Puget Sound Energy is challenging five Western Washington cities to get 15% more of... [More]

Get E-mail Updates

February 3, 2013 19:11 by Ryan
Did you know you can get an update via e-mail when a new post is added to the Anacortes Ward 1 blog? Scroll down this page till you see the “Updates via E-mail” box on the left side, and enter your e-mail address.

Ward 1 Meeting: January 24

January 13, 2013 10:50 by Ryan
At our Ward 1 meeting last fall, attendees asked for additional meetings on a quarterly schedule to discuss new topics of interest or get updates on topics we’ve covered before. To that end, I’ll be hosting another Ward 1 public meeting on January 24 at 6pm in the public library’s main meeting room. I’ll be there to hear your questions, suggestions... [More]